September 2011 Archives

A fortunate symphony

Posted by Doug Rule
September 30, 2011 4:19 PM |
Almost anytime a particular scene calls for dramatic, downright scary music, Hollywood instinctively turns to the opening number, “O fortuna,” in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. As a result, even the least classically minded among us -- and viewers of everything from Glee to Survivor to Speed, and countless sporting events -- know the work by sound, if not by name. ... [Read]

The works of Tom Price at Industry Gallery

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 29, 2011 3:45 PM |
The gay-owned Industry Gallery presents the first U.S. solo exhibition work by innovative British artist and designer Tom Price, who specializes in modern furniture products, sculpture and lighting design. The exhibit includes an homage to D.C.'s own cherry trees along the tidal basin. To Oct. 22. Industry Gallery, 1358 Florida Ave. NE, 2nd floor. Call 202-399-1730 or visit Pictured: ... [Read]

Fall into WIT!

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 28, 2011 1:25 PM |
If you love improv, you don't have to wait for regular visits from Chicago's esteemed Second City. D.C.'s own Washington Improv Theater, or WIT, may be less known, but it's every bit as good. Come get a taste of what they can do on their feet with this series of shows from all six of its ensembles, plus other guest ... [Read]

Trouble in Mind at Arena Stage

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 27, 2011 2:30 PM |
E. Faye Butler switches from Arena Stage's hit production of Oklahoma! to star in the company's newest production, Alice Childress's Trouble In Mind, about a newly integrated theater company in the '50s preparing to open a misguided race play. Butler plays Wiletta Mayer, who has the chance to achieve her dream of starring on the Great White Way -- but ... [Read]

English new wave "Pretty In Pink" band The Psychedelic Furs tours with The Tom Tom Club, the American "Genius In Love" husband-and-wife duo Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, former members of the Talking Heads (in fact, Tom Tom Club was intended as just a side project of that David Byrne-fronted band). Friday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. Fillmore Silver Spring, ... [Read]

Savage in Limbo at MetroStage

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 26, 2011 2:00 PM |
Alexandria's MetroStage opens its season with a decades-old play from John Patrick Shanley, the Oscar-winning writer of Moonstruck and the Pulitzer and Tony winner for Doubt. Helen Hayes award-winning actress -- and MetroStage regular -- Natascia Diaz stars as one of several bar regulars dreaming of a bigger life. Lise Brunea directs. To Oct. 16. MetroStage, 1201 North Royal St., ... [Read]

Caroline Kennedy with Michael Beschloss

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 26, 2011 1:23 AM |
Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations On Life With John F. Kennedy collects transcripts of the former First Lady talking to historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. Former First Daughter Caroline Kennedy will talk about the recent release of her mother's previously sealed tapes and transcripts and her father's legacy as part of a panel discussion with historian Michael Beschloss. Monday, Sept. 26, at ... [Read]

Mikey Cafarelli and Paul Scanlan play D.C. interns in this funny and touching new musical revue by Mark Walter Braswell, said to "reveal the truth about interning." Accompaniment by Jason Solounias. Monday, Sept. 26, Oct. 3, and Oct. 10, at 9 p.m. Black Fox Lounge, 1723 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets are $20, or $10 for current interns. Visit Follow ... [Read]

Brother Tongue Poetry Workshop Series

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 25, 2011 9:58 PM |
The Center, D.C.'s LGBT community center, and Tongue in Your Ear present a four-part series led by Regie Cabico of HBO's Def Poetry Jam and designed to help queer-identified men with writing and editing poetry. The workshops examine works of poets with ties to D.C., including Essex Hemphill and Michael Lally, as well as spoken-word artists. Thursdays from 7 to ... [Read]

Andy Warhol: Shadows and Headlines

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 25, 2011 5:50 PM |
Not one but two local museums are offering exhibits focusing on the work of Andy Warhol. The Hirshhorn presents Andy Warhol: Shadows 1978, comprising 102 silkscreened and hand-painted canvases featuring distorted photographs of shadows generated in the famed PopArt artist's studio. Meanwhile, the National Gallery of Art presents Warhol: Headlines, featuring works that the famed gay artist created largely on ... [Read]

Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 20, 2011 10:08 AM |
Author, scholar and performer E. Patrick Johnson stars in Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South, a one-man show about the perceptions, angst, triumphs and vulnerabilities of being black and gay in the South. The show is based on Johnson's critically acclaimed book and his interviews with more than 70 Southern black gay men of all ages. Rajendra Maharaj ... [Read]

Round House Theatre launches its new season with Ray Bradbury's stage adaptation of his science-fiction masterpiece Fahrenheit 451. Directed by Sharon Ott, the multimedia production incorporates cutting-edge video, projection and sound design created at the renowned Savannah College of Art and Design. David Bonham, Jefferson A. Russell, Liz Mamana and Katie Atkinson are among the cast in this drama, in ... [Read]

There are a ton of things going on in D.C. this Tuesday, Sept. 20, most of them surrounding the implementation of DADT repeal. But there's one more item you should put on your social calendar, and it's a tiger of a different stripe: JR.'s Bar & Grill, a mainstay on 17th Street for 25 years -- is celebrating its Silver ... [Read]

Ay, Carmela! at GALA Hispanic

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 17, 2011 9:00 AM |
GALA Hispanic Theatre presents ¡Ay, Carmela!, about a vaudeville comedy duo who have fallen into the hands of Franco's fascist troops during the Spanish Civil War and are forced to perform their show. José Sanchis Sinisterra's play is a heartbreaking portrayal of love and loss and a poignant testimony to the inhumanity of war. To Oct. 9. GALA Theatre at ... [Read]

Tell it to your heart: Taylor Dayne headlines this year's Delaware Pride, held in Rehoboth Beach this Saturday, Sept. 17. Also on tap: Jonny McGovern with Calpernia Addams, Pepper Mashay and Jade Esteban Estrada as the emcee. Saturday, Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Gordons Pond State Park, North Shores, Rehoboth Beach, Del. Tickets are $7. Visit ... [Read]

The National Geographic's All Roads Film Festival showcases indigenous- and minority-culture film, photography and music, this year with 47 cultures from 24 different countries represented. The festival includes a photography exhibit plus a Global Groove Dance Party on Saturday, Sept. 17, with local DJs Dave Nada and DJ Underdog, internationally known for Moombahton, a genre merging house music with reggaeton. ... [Read]

Review: Imagining Madoff at Theater J

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 16, 2011 9:00 AM |
Rick Foucheux's portrayal of Bernie Madoff, the Ponzi-schemeing crook thrown into the spotlight of Theater J's production, is a lot of things. But it isn't sorry. "Fuck you!" he screams in a particularly heated moment in the play. "Fuck you all who wanted to punish me!" From the mind of playwright Deb Margolin, the 90-minute drama is neither an investigation ... [Read]

Hillwood's Gay Day

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 16, 2011 8:25 AM |
Activities at the 10th annual Gay Day at Hillwood include an LGBT family garden party with Rainbow Families, "Punch on the Portico," exclusive peeks into rooms not usually open to the public, vintage cars from Straight Eights and square dancing from DC Lambda Squares. Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hillwood Estate, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. Tickets are ... [Read]

Meet Cheeks and Brady, the lead characters of a new web comedy called, "Husbands." The show is now available on YouTube and The show's premise: A famous gay actor, Cheeks, marries a newly out sports player, Brady Kelly, one drunken night in Las Vegas. Each episode is only a couple of minutes long but the dialog and antics are ... [Read]

BHT's Annual Gay and Lesbian Night is tonight, Sept. 10, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., at Kings Dominion, Doswell, Va. Tickets are $33 in advance, $36 at the gate. Call 202-347-2246 or visit to purchase tickets online now. Read our feature story about the event here. Follow @metroweekly ... [Read]

It's a bit easier to get into the Virgin Mobile Festival this year -- as long as you're willing to pay; the "FreeFest" tickets sold out almost immediately. But $49.50 is a decent price to pay for the many hot acts, mostly of an electronic bent, in the lineup: Cut Copy, deadmau5, Cee Lo Green, TV on the Radio, Patti ... [Read]

Musical Remebrances At least three area concerts this Sunday, Sept. 11, pay tribute to the international tragedy from 10 years earlier. First comes mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves and gay baritone James E. Laws, Jr. performing with the joint choirs of St. Stephens Episcopal Church and the Unitarian Church of Fairfax, along with accompanist Mark Vogel, performing music by Dr. Marvin Curtis, ... [Read]

Patti LuPone has problems. Mainly, though, they come down to Cirque du Soleil and Hair. On Saturday, Sept. 10 LuPone will be performing her sold-out show, Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, kicking off the multipurpose arts venue's 10th anniversary season. Although Metro Weekly talked with LuPone about the up-side of ... [Read]

Rep Stage offers performances of Anne Nelson's The Guys as part of its ancillary Salon Series. The Guys focuses on a New York fire captain, who lost eight men in the collapse of the World Trade Center towers, and the editor who helps him write the eulogies. Friday, Sept. 9, and Saturday, Sept. 10, at 8 p.m. Also Saturday, Sept. ... [Read]

BSO's Season Preview

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 7, 2011 9:06 PM |
Marin Alsop leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski in a Season Preview concert, with excerpts from the new season. Among the highlights: selections from Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, Joan Tower's Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, Sergei Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Antonín Dvorak's Concerto in B Minor, Richard Wagner's The Flying Dutchman, ... [Read]

Mose Allison at Blues Alley

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 3, 2011 11:15 AM |
A major influence on many musicians over the last half-century, including Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt and Elvis Costello, Mose Allison's pioneering blend of jazz and blues is thoroughly American. He's touring in support of a new album, The Way of the World. Through Sunday, Sept. 4, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Tickets are ... [Read]

Kennedy Center's Page to Stage Festival

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 3, 2011 11:11 AM |
Now in its tenth year, this three-day event offers free readings and open rehearsals of plays and musicals being developed by more than 40 area theater companies, including Adventure Theatre, Catholic University, The Hub Theatre, No Rules Theatre Company, Scena Theatre, Signature Theatre and Theater J. There's also a New Playwrights' Slam with short selections from new works by budding ... [Read]

North by Northwest at AFI's Silver

Posted by Randy Shulman
September 3, 2011 11:09 AM |
The American Film Institute's Silver Theatre concludes its three-part series this year exploring the works of Alfred Hitchcock with one of the film auteur's finest works, 1959's North By Northwest, a mistaken-identity thriller that shows no signs of age. Cary Grant is terrific in the role of an ad exec mistaken by mobsters for a CIA operative. James Mason makes ... [Read]

Review: The Hold Steady at the 9:30 Club

Posted by Chris Heller
September 2, 2011 5:27 PM |
Everybody goes to a concert to sing along with the band. But when crowds pack in to see The Hold Steady, they belt. The Brooklyn outfit, who struck it big with 2008's Stay Positive and tempered expectations after 2010's Heaven is Whenever, has carved out a peculiar niche in the world of indie rock -- the band's music, from its ... [Read]

Merriweather Post Pavilion is partnering with Rock & Bus to cart fans to and from the Columbia, Md., concert destination. But that's just part of the story. Rock & Bus operates luxury coaches that feature TVs, DVDs, PA systems and bathrooms. According to the company, fans will arrive like "rock stars" and won't have to sweat the driving (or the ... [Read]